Mr. Espinoza was awarded the Gregor Piatigorsky Full Scholarship to study and teach at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in the undergraduate and graduate cello studio as an assistant teacher of Stephen Kates.
He holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Violoncello and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music from Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Stephen Kates, David Hardy, and Andrés Díaz. He graduated with honors from Universidad Católica de Chile and received his Master's Degree in Music Performance on full scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, studying with David Premo and Anne Martindale Williams. Previous teachers include Jorge Román, Laszlo Varga, Dennis Parker, Marcio Carneiro.
His passion for teaching cello and coaching chamber music groups has brought him to present masterclasses and workshops in the United States and abroad, including at the Third International Seminar Portuguesa-Acarigua, Venezuela, part of El Sistema. Mr. Espinoza's orchestral experience has included performances at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony and orchestras and chamber ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Hall. He has been a featured soloist and chamber musician, performing concertos, solo and chamber music recitals in his native land, Chile, and throughout South America, the United States, Europe and Mexico.
Mr. Espinoza is a prizewinner of international and national competitions and awards including the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Instrumental Performance Award and Peabody Career Development Grants. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Espinoza's interest in researching, performing and arranging folk music from Latin-America for string quartet and chamber ensembles has brought him to different cities in South America including Buenos Aires to pursue studies with great tango masters including Maestros Berlingieri, Marcelli, Requena and Plaza.
Jorge Espinoza is a tenured Associate Professor of Violoncello at NMSU and cellist of La Catrina String Quartet.